Spanish motorcycle racer Jorge Lorenzo announced on Tuesday that he would be making the change to 4-wheeled racing complete-time from here on out, following his 2019 retirement from MotoGP soon after successful five motorbike environment championships (3 occasions in MotoGP with Yamaha, and 2 times in the 250cc category with Aprilia).
Legendary Lorenzo will phase aboard a Porsche 911 Carrera Cup racer for the Italian championship this period. The two-wheeled champ has signed a deal with former F1 racer Piercarlo Ghinzani to race for the Crew Ghinzani Arco team sponsored by Q8 Hi Perform.
“A new and thrilling phase of my lifestyle begins,” Lorenzo wrote on social media. “I want to thank the Q8 Hello Conduct team for welcoming me and picking me as an formal driver for the Porsche Carrera Cup Italy. We are a sturdy, united and formidable crew and I am keen to get concerned and show that I can also be competitive on four wheels.”
Lorenzo follows fellow MotoGP rivals Valentino Rossi, Dani Pedrosa, and Andrea Dovizioso make the bounce from two wheels to four. Rossi himself is racing in a DTM Ferrari with Pink Bull backing, when Pedrosa will just take on the Lamborghini Tremendous Trofeo Europe sequence.
Jorge, like Rossi had, invested some of his time in MotoGP dabbling with 4-wheeled racing initiatives. He raced and gained his class at the 24 Hrs of Barcelona, and entered the Gulf 12 Hours in Abu Dhabi. He’s also put in time onboard a then-existing GP2 auto in 2012, and tested the Mercedes championship-profitable F1 vehicle in 2016. By comparison, a dash race in a Porsche cup car or truck need to be a wander in the park!
Porsche Carrera Cup Italy is typically a very potent area of levels of competition, owning created the latest champions like Alessandro Balzan, Mateo Cairoli, Côme Ledogar, and Alessio Rovera. The 2021 winner, Alberto Cerqui, raced for the quite very same Q8 Hi Perform Workforce that Lorenzo will climb aboard in 2022.
The year kicks off at Imola in May, and will go on to go to tracks that Lorenzo is really familiar with, which includes Misano, Mugello, and Monza. There’s no telling nonetheless regardless of whether Lorenzo can parlay his bike achievements into a job in tin tops, but we’ll have a considerably better plan soon after the 6 rounds of this championship.